NAME: Kesl, Millye (m. Edward Zeman)
OBIT: 23 Aug 1979 (Tama County Iowa Historical Soc.)
Mrs. Edw. Zeman dies following extended illness Mrs. Edward F. (Mildred) Zeman, 76, long-time Chelsea resident, died in Rose Haven Care Center, Marengo, Thursday, Aug. 16. She suffered with a lingering illness for more than a year, being hospitalized in St. Luke's hospital, Cedar Rapids.
Services were held Sunday afternoon at 1:e0 at the Hrabak Funeral Home, Chelsea, with Rev. Chester Davis, pastor of United Methodist church, officiating. Mrs. John Kaloupek was organist and also soloist.
Pallbearers were George Kutchanek Jr., Richard Upah, Lawrence Kalinay, Emil E. Behounek, Bernard Novak and Melvin Zeman. Burial was in National cemetery, east of Vining.
She was born on May 5, 1903, in Elberon, daughter of Michael and Frantiska Kesl. After she and her twin brother, Milvoy, were born, their mother died when they were seven days old, and an older sister, Agnes, and the father raised the children.
She attended Elberon school until the 11th grade and then operated the Elberon Telephone exchange for three years, after which she clerked in Joe Kesl's General Store, for two years.
She married Edward F. Zeman on Oct. 2, 1926, in the Little Brown church in Nashua and the couple lived on the Zeman farm until 1955, when they moved to Chelsea. Mrs. Zeman was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary.
She is survived by two daughters, Beverly (Mrs. Gerald) Gerard and Gayle (Mrs. Charles) Smith, both of Chelsea, three grandchildren, Debra (Mrs. Kenneth) Behounek, Tama, Randy Smith and Bradley Smith, both of Chelsea; a sister, Agnes (Mrs. Stanley) Josifek, residing in the Keystone Care Center and her twin brother, Milvoy, Los Angeles, Calif. Among more distant relatives surviving is a sister-in-law, Mrs. Ruth Peterson, Tama, who was most faithful and called on Mrs. Zeman at the Care Center every other day.
Besides her parents, a brother, Emil, preceded her in death."